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The Best Weightlifting Apps of 2020 (part 2)

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The Best Weightlifting Apps of 2020 (part 2)

Best for In-depth Information: Fitness Point

The free and pro versions of Fitness Point both boast expansive exercise libraries, complete with text descriptions, images, and clear explanations of how each exercise affects your muscles. The more popular exercises also feature video animations to ensure that you lift with good form.

Tracking-wise, Fitness Point provides a comprehensive workout log feature in which you can add reps, sets, weights, rest intervals, the date, and notes. The notes section is very helpful for logging things such as “had a couple of drinks last night” or “only slept six hours” to help users look back and understand the patterns behind their workout performance.

This app also supports workout building, so you can set up routines to use if it is convenient. Fitness Point is also available for Apple Watch, so for those who use iPhones, they don’t even need to use phone during workouts.

Best for Veteran Weightlifters: Strong

Strong helps weightlifters with an amazing suite of features: You can discover new exercises since it’s easy to get stuck in a rut); watch instructional videos (since even the pros need refreshers); customize rest timers so you stay on track; and save any workout as a template to complete again (since no one wants to fiddle with numbers over and over).

On top of all these things, you can also chart your weightlifting progress over any custom date range for any exercises, and track your body weight, body composition, and other body measurements you pick up to log. Strong supports weightlifters who enjoy various workouts with tracking features that allow you to log different types of exercise, from assisted body weight to compound to isolation. You can also track with accuracy as well as tag sets as a warm-up, failure, or drop sets

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The Best Weightlifting Apps of 2020 (part 1)

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The Best Weightlifting Apps of 2020 (part 1)

If you find that most fitness apps are too little or too much for your workout goals, please check out this list of specialized weight-oriented apps focusing on realizing gains and introducing with you the right way to put on more muscle.

The Best App for Simple Workout Tracking: Simple Workout Log

Simple Workout Log is an app that offers a very simple yet functional way to track your weightlifting workouts. It is perfect for the those who wants to spend more time lifting but less time fiddling with an app. This app features almost all the features you may expect: Its minimalistic approach helps you to enter your exercise, how many reps and sets, and the weight you used. You can organize your exercises by creating routines or adding them to categories. The routine feature is very helpful if you usually do the same workouts like a basic powerlifting session.

Simple Workout Log is available both on the Google Play store and on desktops, but the iOS version of the app hasn’t come yet. In the meantime, iPhone users can access Simple Workout Log on any mobile web browser. 

The Best App for Learning New Exercises: Jefit

Jefit is an excellent weightlifting app for those who like a visual refresher of exercises. It features a robust exercise library with photos and videos of real people praticing the exercises. With above 1,300 exercises in the library, you can find almost whatever you need when you feel unsure about a movement.

The app also has a routine planning feature that helps you to build out your workout routines for a week and beyond. There are also pre-built weighlifting routines if you don’t feel like making your own (since let’s be honest, programming workouts is hard work).

If you want to track your workouts, use Jefit’s tracking feature to log exercises, sets, reps, and weight, as well as a workout timer to keep you on track by counting down until your next set.

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US teacher uses powerlifting to explain physics

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US teacher uses powerlifting to explain physics

In 2006 when she first started weightlifting on the advice of a co-worker, Jennifer Gimmell – a College of DuPage (COD) physics adjunct faculty member – found it to be a fun activity. The grueling workouts provided an amazing stress reliever to help balance the mental challenges of studying subatomic particles at the same times working as a graduate student researcher at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory’s collider detector in Batavia.

Now a member of COD’s faculty for over 10 years and a physics teacher at Benet Academy in Lisle, Gimmell said that she is surprised to find that weightlifting holds an unexpected correlation to teaching physics to students. Moreover, the sport provides an additional means to connect with college and high school students.

Gimmell’s desire to connect with students and her willingness to take on innovative approaches led to her being chosen as a Supporting Teachers to Encourage the Pursuit of Undergraduate Physics for Women (STEP UP) Ambassador by the American Physical Society. STEP UP Ambassadors are committed to empowering fellow teachers in shifting deep-seated cultural views and to inspiring young women to pursue physics degrees in college.

In 2015, Benet Academy student and U.S. Presidential Scholar Joseph A. Popelka chose her as his most influential teacher. Meanwhile, at COD, she received an Innovation Award from the college’s IDEA Center for a “flipped class” teaching method wherein students view video lectures at home and then spend the time in the classroom actively working on lesson assignments.

Just as in her teaching, Gimmell constantly pushes herself to excel in her lifting. She recently was named one of the top 30 female weightlifters in the sport by the World Powerlifting Organization (WPO) and, as a result, competed at the Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus, Ohio.

She said that this year’s Arnold Sports Festival provided an opportunity to push herself beyond her limits, a challenge she embraced. She set personal records with her dead lift and bench press, which also set a WPO record. Gimmell also achieved her first competition total lift of more than 1,400 pounds. She said she couldn’t be prouder of her performance                                                                                                                                                     She added that lifting has provided her with benefits that go beyond physical strength.

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Three Basic Tips for Beginner Powerlifters

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Three Basic Tips for Beginner Powerlifters

If you’re thinking about starting to powerlift then you’ll need to consider everything from how to structure your program to tips for your first competition. It can feel somewhat overwhelming, but in this guide, I’ll share exactly what you need to know to be successful in the sport of powerlifting.

1. Always squat below parallel

How many times have you seen lifters in training squatting high and saying ill get depth on the day, then the comp comes around and everything falls apart because you haven’t trained to the depth.

Now in the grand scheme of a training cycle is one or two high squats going to ruin your prep? Absolutely not! This is mainly aimed at people who are squatting high week in and week out.

2. Practice the pause in the bench at least once a week.

Just like the squat I’ve seen loads of people saying they can bench this and that but when it comes to a comp and pausing the lift there numbers are way back. Do practice the pause enough and it becomes second nature, my pause bench is even bigger than my touch and go bench at this stage.

3. Never touch and go deadlifts or worse bounce them

By killing it dead once again like the other two lifts your practicing the competition movement and re-enforcing your start position which in turn makes you stronger from that position. I worked with one lifter in particular who claimed a 180kgx8 deadlift yet could only pull 190kg for 1. I asked him to show me his deadlifts and there it was, touch and go every rep. All I had him do was dead stop them, within weeks he was pulling over 200kg.

Seems simple but so many people get it wrong! You could go one further and have your training partner or coach give competition commands to really get you use to what’s to come at competition.

Give it a go and I assure you you’ll be much better off on the day of a competition.

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World Para Powerlifting set up online competition to support athletes during coronavirus pandemic

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World Para Powerlifting set up online competition to support athletes during coronavirus pandemic

World Para Powerlifting has launched an online competition under the name “Raise The Bar Together” in order to help athletes during the COVID-19 pandemic.

World Para Powerlifting has required participants to make a small donation to humanitarian aid organizations or local clubs in lieu of an entrance fee.

The online competition has been created with the aim of supporting powerlifting athletes to continue their training at home and stay safe during the new novel coronavirus crisis.

Athletes who are competitors are allowed to submit up to 3 videos of lift challenges and they are ranked by their “AH” score, meaning the result of a statistical coefficient.

The “AH” score is used to equalize as well as compare the performances of the athletes between different body weights at competitions in the sport of powerlifting.

Technical officials are also invited to judge the games on the online “Raise The Bar Together” platform.

Sherif Osman of Egypt, a three-time Paralympic champion, welcomes the creation of the online event.

Osman said that with the uncertainty of the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, this online competition platform can help all powerlifting athletes to stay motivated and be able to train at their homes safely. It is so exciting to see other athletes’ lifts and results from afar.

The outbreak of the coronavirus, which has killed more than 50,000 people and infected more than 950,000, has caused a near total shutdown of sports worldwide.

It also forced the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games postponed to 2021.

Para Powerlifting World Cups in Colombia, Dubai, and Bogota, planned for March and April, respectively, have all been canceled due to the virus.

Besides World Para Powerlifting, some other organizations have also established online events in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Ten things you should avoid in a powerlifting gym (part 3)

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Ten things you should avoid in a powerlifting gym (part 3)

8. Be Loud and Obnoxious

It might be understandable that a powerlifting gym sometimes has some grunting, yelling, which is even necessary in some case. So, it’s no need to complain about the noise. However, be reasonable since there are many other people who are training at the same room and there are also those that might take craziness to the next level.

9. Stink

Whether it is the body funk that makes you smell like you reside in an onion patch, or bad breath that would make anyone nauseous, the people around you are going to notice. So make sure not to be oblivious to the fact that your hygiene is something inconvenient to everybody around you.

Remember to brush, floss, gargle, and shower every day. Apply deodorant and even one or two sprits of cologne (don’t do it too much as this isn’t pleasant either).

Avoid wearing the same clothes more than once without washing and keep your gear clean and smelling fresh.

10. Be Rude

This is one of the most important rules in gym. It is annoying to see someone’s stuff on a machine while they are not in your sight. So just leave it exactly where it is and wait until that person comes back and ask them how many more sets they have.

You might not be too happy if someone else moved your stuff and used the equipment you planned to use.

Being rude by any way is unacceptable and there is a huge difference between standing up for yourself and just being rude. The gym should be a place to encourage and offer help to other people who are on the same path with you.

So, understand that you should be an example no matter the circumstance, no matter how bad someone’s actions may tick you off. Your attitude should reflect the discipline and self-control of your own.

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Ten things you should avoid in a powerlifting gym (part 2)

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Ten things you should avoid in a powerlifting gym (part 2)

5. Walk-In Front of somebody During Their Set

Is it really an excessive amount of to ask? If you see someone who is noticeably employing a mirror to make sure they’re maintaining proper form then the polite thing to try to would be to steer around. It doesn’t matter if you walk by fast it’s just good etiquette to not roll in the hay.

6. Leave Your Weights On The Equipment/ Not Rerack

This one might even be worse than not wiping down your equipment after use (also on our list) and it’s one among the most important ways to point out a scarcity of respect for the opposite people within the gym. Nobody wants to unload 10 plates on a barbell or shop around for dumbbells across the gym.

Can it just be that they weren’t taught this once they first started lifting? Maybe these people think that others won’t mind putting their weights back or they only can’t be bothered to try to to it themselves…

Surely though, everyone has seen the signs in just about every gym that requests all gym-goers put their weights back whether plates or dumbbells and from experience we all know that in many gyms, the front staff makes this known when someone signs up.

Don’t be that one that leaves the load on the equipment because this is often not only very rude and inconsiderate but who wants to be exhausted before they even begin their set.

7. Attempt to Be The Gym Coach

Every gym has that one guy who feels the necessity to correct everyone’s form. Although, every now then it’s going to be warranted because you never want to ascertain anyone gets hurt doing reckless movements. But repeatedly, the one handing out tips isn’t an expert and is simply trying to offer out advice supported bro-science which is basically annoying, to be quite honest.

Sensible advice is usually good under the proper circumstances but doesn’t go around trying to correct everyone’s form as you’ll not even be conversant in the exercise or the modification that somebody is trying out.

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Ten things you should avoid in a powerlifting gym (part 1)

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Ten things you should avoid in a powerlifting gym (part 1)

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With the increasing popularity of the fitness lifestyle, it has become more and more relevant to revisit the fundamentals of fitness. Here is some helpful advice about things that you should avoid in a powerlifting gym in order to not only maximize your success in the gym but also tick off as few people as you can.

1. Use a bar but do not know its purpose

Remember that not all weightlifting bars are created equally. You don’t want to bench or squat with a deadlift bar for instance and there are bars of various quality which shouldn’t be used with chains or for other things. So make certain to ask someone who works there or somebody else who doesn’t seem too busy to elucidate which bar is that purpose as there are usually many various bars.

2. Get Too Close To Someone Lifting

Keep a couple of feet faraway from anyone who is lifting heavy weight or any weight for that matter. Be observant and conscious of the space around you because accidents can and do happen, and you don’t want to be the cause. Not keeping your distance is additionally an honest thanks to getting yelled at.

3. Talk Someone’s Ear Off

Some people like to talk while others don’t. It is normal because we are all different.  But remember that a lot of people within the powerlifting gym try to urge in their workout so that they can leave soon and keep it up with the rest of their day. Not everyone wants too or has the time to speak for an hour between exercises but sometimes the person being held hostage doesn’t want to return off as rude by cutting that person off or telling them that they’d like better to train without interruption.

4. Complain If Someone Is Taking Longer Between Sets

It’s a powerlifting gym and powerlifting usually involves longer rest periods since the main target tends to get on strength. So, thereupon being said, don’t complain and if anything you’ll probably even ask to figure in if you’ll hang with the person lifting as it’d be annoying to require off and replace the weights counting on the strength differences.

But in many cases, there should be several different areas open with the equipment you would like.

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Top Tips for Weight Lifting Beginners

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Top Tips for Weight Lifting Beginners

Want to make the best use of weightlifting gear that is gathering dust in your basement and obtain in better shape? Here are seven top tips for weight lifting beginners.

1. Choose a goal

Firstly, you must make clear that what you want to achieve through weight lifting. Do you want to slim down, bulk up, or get more defined? Once having known well your goal, set a time-frame and attempt to achieve it as specific as possible.

2. Keep the proper attitude

Once you’ve set up a goal, keep focused thereon. Post it on your wall or set it on your phone alarm to assist you retain your goal in mind. Try to find someone to figure out with to assist keep you focused and accountable.

3. Know your limits

Start light. Remember, even Arnold Schwarzenegger had to start out somewhere! Lifting heavy weights with fewer repetitions helps you build muscle size and mass, whereas lifting lighter weights with more reps tones muscles.

4. Keep increasing the load

Although you’ll need to begin with lighter weights, don’t grind to a halt during a routine where you retain lifting an equivalent amount. Gradually increase the quantity you lift. Try working towards adding 10 pounds every month to your bench presses.

5. Don’t overdo it

Don’t lift a day. You would like a minimum of two days of rest to permit your muscles to heal. Beginners should try lifting every other day. Also, confirm to urge enough sleep, because without adequate rest you won’t build muscle.

6. Keep proper posture

If you’re doing many lifting, but using poor technique, you’re wasting some time. Ask your training partner to critique your technique, or compute ahead of a mirror.

7. Practice proper nutrition

Remember the GIGO principle: Garbage in, garbage out! Drinking a whey protein shake right after understanding helps your body build muscle (without enough protein you can’t build muscle mass) but nutritional supplements won’t replace eating right and doing the diligence of doing the lifting itself.

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Powerlifters boycott camp before 2020 Olympics Qualifiers

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Powerlifters boycott camp before 2020 Olympics Qualifiers

The camp of Powerlifters is in disarray since some athletes have sworn to not report back to camp before the Powerlifting World Cup billed for Abuja that is qualifiers for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

The hope of Nigeria winning medals at the 2020 Olympics has gone on to dwindle every day with the crisis rocking the Powelifting Federation of Nigeria when some board members are at daggers drawn with the President of PFN, Queen Oboh.

The Technical Director, Joy Mayaki in the company of some board members on Tuesday who met and appealed to the athletes were told in clear terms that they’re going to not move to Abuja if their grouses aren’t addressed by the board.

Reeling out reasons for his or her decision to boycott training and pack up their training center located inside the National Stadium in Lagos, the protesting powerlifters said the selection of Abuja for the training camp wasn’t well thought out by the board as all the equipment needed for training are situated in Lagos.

They described the selection of Abuja as an effort to be penny-wise and pounds foolish as all the facilities like accommodations and training equipment are readily available in Lagos.

The athletes who were visibly angry wondered why former Nigerian International and Head Coach of the team, Aare Feyisetan who has been with the team for quite 11 years was unceremoniously replaced on the eve of a serious tournament.

According to them, some members of the federation are trying to sow seeds of discord amongst athletes. They wondered why junior athletes who were invited for trials before the competition were exempted from participating at the planet Championship.

They queried why these junior athletes who are meant to require over when the aging athletes retire were invited for trials if the federation had no decide to feature them within the competition.

In her response, the board through the Technical Director, Joy Mayaki said provisions for the young athletes weren’t captured within the allow the competition, hence the choice to drop all.

She also said some junior athletes are presently camped in Abuja and catered for by the federation in spite of her stance that no provisions were made for them since the athletes queried her about the fate of these stranded in Lagos.

On Monday, during a bid to force the athletes to abandon the camp in Lagos, equipment in Lagos were removed in the dark and brought to Abuja.

Despite directives from the Federal Ministry of Sports through the Secretary of the federation, Dapo Akinyele, to report back to camp on Monday for preparation for the planet championship, the athletes expected to take part in the competition billed for Feb 5th to 7th in Abuja have resolved to boycott the camp.

The Secretary advised them to report back to camp with immediate effect or risk being overlooked of the championship.